Inconsistent curls. . .loose and tight on one head?

Hi Everyone--

I'm a 3b/3c and have had some loosening of my curls at the front and on the crown--yet the back near my neck is super curly--corkscrew like.

Anyone run into this? What do you do to get some consistent curls?? I try and stretch the bottom with clips but doesn't really work, so instead try to get more curl at the front/crown as that's usually easier. I highlight my hair and use Ouidad Leave In Moisturizer and Curl Quencher line. Shampoo about 2-3x a week.

I'm tempted to straighten this week but wonder if that's contributing to the problem. Anyone have any tips to share??

I'm posting pics of my hair. Oh--I also have the frizz thing going.

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Yeah, I have this problem... well I shouldn't say it's a problem b/c this is common amongst those with curly, textured hair. With me, I have 3c curls on top, in the very back and on the top sides. Then underneath both sides, there are 4a curls. I can't really say I've ever been able to get one consistent curl pattern, but I can manipulate certain areas to hang a certain way... I normally just add extra product on my 4a curls or another product with a stronger hold and finger curl, esp. if I'm wearing it all out. In a puff, it doesn't really matter for me.

I do understand your frustration because somedays I can't seem to get my hair to do what I want it too. And not always b/c of my 4a curls. Sometimes my looser curls are just too loose some days, even straight-ish (yuck) and I can't get them to curl right. Anyway, you may just have to experiment with another product for those areas with tighter curls.
You prob have multiple textures.

That's pretty common. I have seen very few women with mostly one size curl.

I am a 3c with some 3b and some 4a. The 3c predominates so no one can tell that the 4a is there because those curls just bend in with the 3c parts of that makes sense.
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+1 with other posters; this is very common. I don't try to make the textures uniform but I do have it cut in a way to compensate for the different shrinkage rates. When wet my underlayers at the back seem much longer than they need to be, but not when my hair is dry.
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The hair on the top half of my head has a wavy pattern and the hair underneath (towards the back of my head) has a curly pattern. I do not do anything to control length. It just appears that I have layers (which kind of works to my favor).

However, when I was growing my hair out, I used to clip the front portion down with duck bills to keep it from shrinking and to avoid the dreaded pyramid. But now that my hair is longer, I don't have that problem
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Yeah, that's definitely a common trait to have. I have tighter ringlets in the back and looser curls/waves in the front. I haven't been able to find a "solution" for it, so I just embrace the variety!
Same here! Multiple textures. The top layer of my hair is very loose (wavy). While my under layers are actually curly. The tope layer in the front is so loose I have to do some serious srunching. There isn't a resolution that I know of besides trying to use multiple products.

But, I'm use to it and it doesn't bother me so much. I just wish my top layer was curly. However, the longer it gets the looser all of my hair gets. When it was shorter I don't recall having this problem it was definitely 3c. Now I've been told I'm 3b/3a. Craziness.
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To add to the confusion on my own scalp I've recently discovered some 3a *faint*. But like the 4a it was *hidden* only reason I found it is that to the touch it felt different (it was ridiculously soft so I ran to see what was going on in that patch), just like Iknow I have some 4a hiding because I can feel random spiral coils in my scalp when I glide my hands through my hair lol.

Who knows whats going on in my head. SMH.

At this point, I'd look at anyone strangly who doesn't have more than one texture on their head. This seems to be the case for most, especially (from my perspective) women of color. They tend to have 2-3 and even sometimes 4 different things going on with types over lapping and what not.

So you can find a lot of different things going on but when people assign themselves to a certain type they are mostly going by what predominates, which is why if forced id just slide into the 3c category cause from looking @ my head no one would be able to tell that there is any 4a or 3a hidden they would mostly just see 3c or maybe might say I am a 3c/3b mix but that right there would even be debatable.

And yes ma'am @ CurlyEnvoy you def "look" 3a/3b dunno if you are or not, only you can truly tell.
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This thread is basically asking the same thing as this one: S pattern as hair grows longer?

It's normal.

As for "curl sizing" just go with whatever is predominant on your head. I might have one or two straight hairs on my head, but I won't go and say "I have straight hair." If you forced me into a curl size category I'd say 3c/3b.

I think we need to make a sticky about this because this same question comes up allll the time..lol

Then again I guess it shouldn't be a surprise because not everyone has been natural for most of their lives and they are probably confused about what's "normal" or rather, common, and what's unique to their particular head.
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I understand your frustration. Just like most of the other posters I have quite a few different textures working in my head. I don't mind it much but I am having issues with my canopy. It's a little drier than the rest because it comes in contact with all the elements but the curls won't clump or even define when I'm applying product. I've even tried to style that section first but it's completely uncooperative. Lately Ive been adding a couple of twist to define the pattern becasue it dries just as FRIZZ. But it's a huge inconvenience and I'd like to do a wash and go without leaving the house looking like Ceily from the color purple on the left side. Any suggestions?
Yeah, I have this problem... well I shouldn't say it's a problem b/c this is common amongst those with curly, textured hair. With me, I have 3c curls on top, in the very back and on the top sides. Then underneath both sides, there are 4a curls. I can't really say I've ever been able to get one consistent curl pattern, but I can manipulate certain areas to hang a certain way... I normally just add extra product on my 4a curls or another product with a stronger hold and finger curl, esp. if I'm wearing it all out. In a puff, it doesn't really matter for me.

I do understand your frustration because somedays I can't seem to get my hair to do what I want it too. And not always b/c of my 4a curls. Sometimes my looser curls are just too loose some days, even straight-ish (yuck) and I can't get them to curl right. Anyway, you may just have to experiment with another product for those areas with tighter curls.
Originally Posted by cgardner4u
This is totally my hair too. I came to the realization today that not only do I have mostly 3c, with some 4a in the crown, but I also have 3b behind my ears. I had been trying to force the 3b to give me a curl like the rest of my head, but I can't make it do what it doesn't want to.
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I understand your frustration. Just like most of the other posters I have quite a few different textures working in my head. I don't mind it much but I am having issues with my canopy. It's a little drier than the rest because it comes in contact with all the elements but the curls won't clump or even define when I'm applying product. I've even tried to style that section first but it's completely uncooperative. Lately Ive been adding a couple of twist to define the pattern becasue it dries just as FRIZZ. But it's a huge inconvenience and I'd like to do a wash and go without leaving the house looking like Ceily from the color purple on the left side. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by brittneyelise
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This is the first time I've posted though I've been lurking for almost a year. I am having the same issue with one section in the front on the right side. It has been hard to "blend it in" or style around it and I'm at a bit of a loss. I think I've finally got a good routine and products that work well for the rest of my head, but just don't know about this one small section. Any ideas/suggestions? Have others found your get more Frizz and no curl if you handle that area more? I appreciate any suggestions.
Obviously this is a venting thread cause I don't think there is a cure. Anyway here's mine... The very top layer is loose, wavy and drys frizzy. Just under that is perfectly defined, easy clumping, frizz free curls. Underneath is a mixture of that and tight curls that dry fuzzy and shrink no matter how much I smooth and pull. I always have to stretch my curls after they dry, with either a diffuser or a scrunchie. It is was it is.
I agree with everyone else. This is pretty common. I have 3c curls in the back and crown of my head. I have 4a on the sides and nape, and I have 4b in a small patch on the left side of my head. It's common. I don't try to get my hair to look the same all over. I just rock it.
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+1 with other posters; this is very common. I don't try to make the textures uniform but I do have it cut in a way to compensate for the different shrinkage rates. When wet my underlayers at the back seem much longer than they need to be, but not when my hair is dry.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
We seem to have similar hair...
Unlike a lot of curlies, most of my 4A is at the top and front, whereas it's much looser 3C (and some hidden 3B) at the nape.
I also ask my hair lady to cut it a little shorter back there so it doesn't look like I'm wearing a mullet or a tail!
To style it, I just add a lot more leave-in conditioner and gel to the 4A part to try to weigh it down some.

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it's normal... my oldest son is 3c in the very front and closer to 3b towards the back. i leave the tighter curls longer when i cut it.

i have 4a and 4b. my dh is a straight 1, younger son is uniform tight2/ loose3?

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